Roger – Half the Mind EP (Mach 1)

The three songs on this EP are each mid-tempo, slow-burning pop tunes. Think of Lou Barlow’s heart-on-sleeve tunes circa Bubble & Scrape. At moments the lyrics will send a familiar chill down your spine — “Been staying in school just in case I’m untalented” gets me every time. The guitars are that sweet match of clean and fuzzy. The recording is excellent. “Just Like Everybody,” the second track, is the easy favorite. It may be a bit too deliberately radio-friendly at times, but, you know, not everybody’s an angry punk.